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CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Newsletter
 January 2011   

The Grant & Fellowship Support Team 

About Us

The CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team (GFS) is committed to assisting faculty in preparing competitive applications for securing extramural support through grants and fellowships.

Contact Lisette Alent to schedule an appointment with the GFS Team.

How We Help You

» Grant & fellowship consultations
» Development of funding strategies
» Monthly newsletters
» Identification of appropriate
   funding sources
» Maintain database of faculty
   research interests
» Timely notification of funding
   opportunities to relevant faculty
» Careful review and interpretation
   of Request for Proposals (RFP)
» Proposal & budget preparation
» Budget certification and EREX
» Development of required
   additional documents,
   including contractual agreements
» Liaison with grant entities,
   including OGRD and agency
» Careful review of materials
   prior to submission, ensuring
   compliance with guidelines
» Cultivate and support
   major fellowship applications

Useful Links & Resources

Planning to apply for a fellowship? First, check out CLA Support for Prestigious Faculty Fellowships, and then schedule an appointment with the GFS Team.

Grant & Fellowship Support Team

WSU Office of Grant & Research Development

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News & Highlights

2011 New Faculty Seed Grant Letter of Intent

The 2011 New Faculty Seed Grant's Letter of Intent (LOI) is due to OGRD on January 24. The LOI must be emailed to Pam Kelley (

The LOI needs to include the:

• Primary Investigator's name and department.
• Proposal title.
• Brief description (one-page limit) of the proposed workscope, and suggested emphasis area. (Please choose one: Agriculture Sciences, Arts/Fine Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Health/Life Sciences, Humanities, Math/Computer Sciences, Multidisciplinary, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences). In selecting your emphasis area, select the area that is most descriptive of your project, not necessarily your discipline.
• Please state if you are on tenure track.

The CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team is available to review your LOI before sending it to OGRD.

The 2011 New Faculty Seed Grant Request For Proposals can be found at:

Now Available: New EREX Form & Approval Process
(Effective February 1, 2011)

See our eREX Updates document for details.

Recent Award Recipients

Through a subcontracted award from the Knight Foundation, Travis Ridout received $23,147 from Wesleyan University for the Wesleyan Media Project.

Photo: Travis Ridout

Anna Chow was awarded $5,000 from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for her project entitled "Building Bridges Across Cultures: Understanding Higher Education in China and How It Impacts Academic Advising."

Photo: Anna Chow

Karen Savage received $1,500 from the Artist Trust's Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) program for her "88 Squared" Liebermann commission project.

Photo: Karen Savage

Danny Reis was awarded $2,019 from WSU Office of Research Alcohol & Drug Abuse Research Program Undergraduate Research Fellowship for his project entitled "Activation of Dynorphin Neurons During Withdrawal in Ethanol Dependent Rats."

Photo: Danny Reis


Funding Focus: National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. This is an excellent funding source for CLA faculty. CLA has been very successful in securing NEH grant awards and has been encouraged by NEH representatives to increase applications to the agency due to the competitiveness of those proposals. The GFS Team is dedicated to assisting faculty in preparing applications.

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Links & Resources for NEH Applicants

Regularly check the NEH website for funding opportunities and deadlines. For your reference, a list of NEH's 2011 deadlines and timetable has been provided for your timely application preparation and submission.

2011 Submission Deadlines


Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities February 16, 2011
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants February 23, 2011


Summer Seminars & Institutes March 1, 2011


Fellowships May 4, 2011 (Approx)
Challenge Grants May 5, 2011 (Approx)
Preservation and Access Research & Development May 19, 2011


Bridging Cultures: Planning & Implementation Grants for Academic Forums and Program Development Workshops June 1, 2011 (Approx)
Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics June 29, 2011


Humanities Collections & Reference Resources – July 20, 2011


America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants - August 17, 2011
America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants - August 17, 2011
America's Media Makers: Development Grants – August 17, 2011
America's Media Makers: Production Grants – August 17, 2011


Enduring Questions September 15, 2011 (Approx)
Summer Stipends September 30, 2011 (Approx)


Collaborative Research Grants October 26, 2011 (Approx)

*If any of these opportunities limit the number of proposals that may be submitted by the university/organization, please contact Esther Pratt ( before submitting.

NEH timetable  NEH Timetable to ensure a complete and timely grant or fellowship proposal to NEH

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Academic Research Grant Program
Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
Amount: $20,000
Deadline: June 28, 2011
Abstract: The program furthers research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws, and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly (including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers).

Analysis of the Criminal Justice System's Data Architecture
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 7, 2011
Abstract: The purpose of the National Institute of Justice Research, Evaluation, and Development Project Grants program is to encourage and support research, development, and evaluation to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. This research will provide a clear picture of how information is generated and used, how it flows through the system from beginning to end, and how the delivery of information may be improved.

Digitizing Historical Records
National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Amount: $150,000
Deadline: June 9, 2011
Abstract: The NHPRC seeks proposals that use cost-effective methods to digitize nationally significant historical record collections and make the digital versions freely available online. Projects must make use of existing holdings of historical repositories and consist of entire collections or series.

Dimensions of Biodiversity
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Amount: $2,000,000
Deadline: March 28, 2011
Abstract: Despite centuries of discovery, most of our planet's biodiversity remains unknown. The scale of the unknown diversity on Earth is especially troubling given the rapid and permanent loss of biodiversity across the globe. The goal of the Dimensions of Biodiversity campaign is to transform, by 2020, how we describe and understand the scope and role of life on Earth.

Environment and Health Grants
Heller Charitable Foundation
Amount: $5,000 – $600,000
Deadline: Continuous
Abstract: The mission of the foundation's environment and health grants is to promote the long-term good health and viability of communities and regions by supporting programs to prevent harm to human health from toxic substances and other environmental hazards; by encouraging planning and development at the regional level, aimed at integrating economic and social goals with sound environmental policies; and by supporting initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems.

CLA Grant & Fellowship Support Team
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